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December 21, 2020 | Via NBC News

Britain Cut off by the World as New Covid Strain Spreads

The United Kingdom was increasingly isolated on Monday as countries around the world shut their doors to the island nation after a possibly more infectious strain of the coronavirus was detected. Almost two dozen countries including Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Iran, Colombia and Morocco have suspended flights from the U.K. for 48 hours or more. Saudi Arabia has closed its borders and suspended all flights regardless of destination or origin.

December 21, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Kilauea Volcano Erupts After Earthquake on Hawaii’s Big Island

The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has erupted. The eruption began late on Sunday in the Halema’uma’u crater, according to the US Geological Survey. Kilauea is in the Hawaii Volcanoes national park. Kilauea last erupted in 2018, destroying more than 700 homes and spewing enough lava to fill 320,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. The lava flowed over four months, leaving deposits up to 80ft (24 meters) thick in some areas.

December 21, 2020 | Via CNN

Rockets Fired at Baghdad Green Zone

A rocket attack on Baghdad’s diplomatic Green Zone Sunday night was “a terrorist act” that undermines Iraq’s international reputation, the country’s president says. Eight rockets were fired at the heavily fortified area, with at least one Iraqi soldier injured. The military said most of the rockets hit the Qadisiya residential neighborhood near the US Embassy, damaging several buildings and cars.

December 21, 2020 | Via Rueters

Hong Kong Court Rules Mask Ban Constitutional for All Public Meetings

Hong Kong’s highest court on Monday ruled the city’s government had the right to invoke colonial-era emergency powers last year to ban the wearing of masks at all public processions and meetings during the height of 2019’s protests. During the anti-government protests which have largely died down, many demonstrators wore masks to hide their identities from authorities and to protect themselves from tear gas.

December 21, 2020 | Via BBC

Around 50 Firms ‘Genuinely Impacted’ by Massive Cyber Attack

The cyber-security firm that identified the large-scale hacking of US government agencies says it “genuinely impacted” around 50 organizations. Kevin Mandia, CEO of FireEye, said that while some 18,000 organizations had the malicious code in their networks, it was the 50 who suffered major breaches. The US Treasury and departments of homeland security, state and defense are known to have been targeted. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed Russia for the hack.

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